A video was released this week showing the ugly homicide of Vancouver citizen Paul Boyd. If you consider the video offered any new information, reconsider.
This was written almost 18 months ago by David Eby, Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association:
“Shot seven times and crawling, disarmed and bleeding, along Granville Street, Paul Boyd had a final 23 seconds of life before he was shot fatally in the face by a Vancouver Police Department officer. The bullet entered his face, and went into his heart, killing the well-respected animator instantly, and ending a confrontation that was witnessed by more than 50 civilians, one of whom described the August 13, 2007 shooting as an “execution.”
“Boyd’s death has proven meaningless, with no official response to retrain police generally, or at least the shooting officer, no improvement in mental health services, and yet another failure of police self-investigation, with the true details of the shooting only becoming public at the coroner’s inquest two weeks ago, years after the shooting.
“…One of the responding officers didn’t pull his gun, not seeing any threat in front of him that couldn’t be contained with a night stick and other non-lethal weapons. Another officer pulled his gun and started shooting when Boyd didn’t respond to his commands.
“Civilian witnesses who testified at the coroner’s inquest were uniform in agreeing that Boyd was on the ground when he was shot the final time. The witness who described the shooting as an “execution”, Jonathan Menzies, wasn’t called to testify. One police witness agreed with the civilians, saying Boyd was on all fours and disarmed for the final shot. The pathologist supported this version of events, saying the bullet track could only be explained by Boyd being shot from overhead while looking into the sky, crawling on hands and knees, or in a posture where his torso was parallel to the ground, looking up.
“Amazingly, none of the seven shots that hit Boyd before the final shot were immediately fatal, and in fact, the pathologist was of the opinion that Boyd had a reasonable chance of surviving all of the first seven shots. But the last shot, that came after twenty-three seconds of reflection and assessment of the threat by the shooting officer, while Boyd crawled along the ground, was the fatal one…”
“The OPCC had all of the information the video showed, appeared to accept it as accurate, and still couldn’t find any issue with the police officer’s conduct. Now the same conduct shows up on a video, and they can’t wait to have the file re-opened.
“Stan Lowe, Police Complaint Commissioner on March 19, 2012 [Pre-video]: “There does not exist clear, convincing and cogent evidence that establishes on a balance of probabilities that Constable Chipperfield used unnecessary or excessive force during this incident.”
“Rollie Woods, Deputy Police Complaint Commissioner, on March 19, 2012 [Pre-video]: “We are saying there was no misconduct.”
“Stan Lowe, Police Complaint Commissioner, on May 29, 2012 [Post-video]: “I have personally viewed the video and support the decision to re-open the investigation of this tragic incident.”
“There’s no doubt it’s the right decision. But let’s not pretend it’s because there’s all kinds of new information in this video. It’s because the public is paying attention…: